2019 Mental Health Summit

Keynote Address by Sam Fiorella (co-founder of The Friendship Bench #Yellow is For Hello)

Sam is a suicide survivor. In October 2014, his son Lucas took his own life after suffering in silence from depression. Sam is continuing Lucas’ legacy and helping to spread awareness and education around youth depression and mental health issues.

Q&A Panel with YRP, CMHA, Art Not Shame, and Youth Mental Health Nurse

WHEN & WHERE:  YCDSB Catholic Education Centre at 6 p.m.

320 Bloomington Road West, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 0M1

WHO CAN ATTEND:  All parents and guardians and intermediate/senior students

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  commit the time & engage in the conversation


  • “Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people of all ages…Among those aged 15 to 34, suicide was the second leading cause of death…” (https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm)

  • 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario suffer with a mental health issue.

  • There is no doubt that there has been a rise in the incidence of mental illness in our school, therefore our students and school community could benefit from additional awareness and practical supports and strategies from mental health experts in our immediate and surrounding community.

Sincere thanks,

The Summit Planning Committee